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Braves cut 2 more relievers, a week before opener

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) The Atlanta Braves have sent right-handers Arodys Vizcaino and Michael Kohn to the minors, trimming two more pitchers expected to contend for spots in the bullpen. The Braves announced Monday that Vizcaino was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and Kohn was reassigned to their minor league camp. The moves were made one day after the team released left-handed reliever...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Left-hander James Russell released by Atlanta Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Left-hander James Russell has been released by the Atlanta Braves. Acquired last season at the trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs, the 29-year-old reliever avoided arbitration during the offseason by agreeing to a one-year deal for $2,425,000 that was not guaranteed. Instead of his salary, he receives $596,311, which is 45 days termination pay. Russell had...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Russell puts focus on making rotation, not bullpen

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Braves' clubhouse in the Wide World of Sports complex is littered with new acquisitions who are gunning for the fifth spot in the rotation, a group of highly-touted young arms and veterans. It's a crowded field, and holdover James Russell, who has spent the bulk of his five-year career in the bullpen, is working to remain a part of it. "They just told...
Via Fox Sports South
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Stults joins Braves' candidates for fifth starter

The Braves' options to fill the fifth spot in the reputation continues to grow. According to multiple reports, veteran left-hander Eric Stults has signed a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. He'll join a group that includes David Hale, James Russell, both of whom spent most of last season in the bullpen, prospects Manny Banuelos and Mike Foltynewicz...
Via Fox Sports South
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Stults joins Braves' candidates for fifth starter

The Braves' options to fill the fifth spot in the reputation continues to grow. According to multiple reports, veteran left-hander Eric Stults has signed a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. He'll join a group that includes David Hale, James Russell, both of whom spent most of last season in the bullpen, prospects Manny Banuelos and Mike Foltynewicz...
Via Fox Sports South
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves agree to terms with Russell; Minor could be headed to hearing

The Braves have agreed to terms with James Russell, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Friday, while Mike Minor could be headed to a hearing. The team and Minor exchanged salary figures, with Atlanta filing at $5.1 million and the left-handed starting pitcher at $5.6 million, per CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. The Braves have a long-standing policy for avoiding hearings...
Via Fox Sports South
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves agreed to $2,425,000 deal with lefty James Russell

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed reliever James Russell for $2,425,000. The deal Thursday avoids arbitration with Russell, who went 0-2 with a 2.97 ERA and one save in 66 games while splitting last season between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta. He made $1,775,000. Left-handed starter Mike Minor is the only Braves player in arbitration...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Braves add Rodriguez on minor league deal

Add Wandy Rodriguez's name to the list of contenders to be the Braves' fifth starter. Atlanta has signed the veteran left-hander to a minor league deal Tuesday with a invitation to spring training, according to a report by the 'Atlanta Journal-Constitution.' Per the AJC, the deal has a $2 million base salary, paid on a prorated basis by time spent on the major league roster. Rodriguez...
Via Fox Sports South
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs’ 2014 trades in retrospect

The Cubs were fairly active at the trading deadline this year. How did they do? All numbers are post-trade. July 5 Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija (5-5, 2.92 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 16 GS) Jason Hammel (2-6, 4.52 ERA, 5.44 FIP, 11 GS) for Addison Russell (.295/.333/.539, .390 wOBA, 204 PA) (AA) Billy McKinney (.301/.390/.432, .379 wOBA, 210 PA) (A+) Dan Straily (3-5, 4.09 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 10 GS...
Via Obstructed View
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves split series in Cincy despite flirting with no-no

After breaking out the bats in the series opener against the Reds at Great American Ballpark, the Braves were once again the victims of their own lack of run support for quality starting pitching. Walking away from the a series split in Cincy, Atlanta missed an opportunity to improve in the wild card standings. The Braves leave GAB for Citi Field for a 3-game set sitting 8 games...
Via BravesWire
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Then and Now: Cubs 2014 Opening Day Lineup

Monday, March 31st, 2014 @ PNC Park CF Emilio Bonifacio – Traded along with LHP James Russell and cash to the Atlanta Braves on July 31st, in exchange for C Victor Caratini. Caratini is currently with the Cub’s Kane County affiliate where he is batting .261 with 6 RBI and 4 R in 6 games played. LF Junior Lake – Lake, 24, was the big name call up around this time last year...
Via Sports Mockery
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Rumors: Atlanta nearly pulled off major deadline trade

The Atlanta Braves had a quiet, yet productive trade deadline that saw them make one trade. That trade netted them Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Chicago Cubs, but they were close to making a much more significant deal with another team.Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Braves came close to pulling off a major deadline blockbuster trade that would have...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves demote Schafer, add Bonifacio, Russell to roster

One speedster in, one speedster out. To make room for their pre-trade-deadline acquisition of Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio (.279 batting, .318 on-base percentage), the Atlanta Braves designated outfielder Jordan Schafer for assignment on Friday, leaving the other 29 MLB clubs a 10-day window to claim Schafer (.163 batting, 15 steals), via waivers. "I'd be surprised if (Schafer...
Via Fox Sports South
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Bonifacio and Russell join Braves in San Diego

INF Emilio Bonifacio offers infield versatility and a back-up outfielder for Fredi Gonzalez. Not willing to stand pat at the trade deadline with bench questions and help needed in the bullpen, Frank Wren made the call Thursday just an hour before the trade deadline to acquire IF Emilio Bonifacio and LHP James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for Class A catching prospect Victor Caratini...
Via BravesWire
August 01, 2014  |  1 Comment

Caray: Discussing the Braves' trade deadline deal, rough August schedule; more

FOXSportsSouth.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to discuss the latest surrounding the Braves. FOXSPORTSSOUTH.COM: The Braves didn't make a move to the level of the A's or Tigers at the trade deadline, but they were buyers, bringing in Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs. Did you feel this met the needs the team has, adding a versatile guy with leadoff...
Via Fox Sports South
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres-Braves Preview

The Atlanta Braves have struggled to score and the bullpen hasn't been sharp during their current losing streak. They made a move to improve both areas before the trade deadline. After acquiring Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell, the Braves will try to avoid their fourth straight loss Friday night when they visit the San Diego Padres. Atlanta (58-51) has totaled nine runs and hit...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves expected to designate Jordan Schafer for assignment

Needing roster spots for new arrivals Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell, the Atlanta Braves are expected to designate Jordan Schafer for assignemnt. After getting off to a surprising hot start, Schafer is batting just .163/.256/.213 on the season. He has started just two games over the past month. The #Braves haven't announced the roster moves to make room for Bonifacio and Russell...
Via Tireball.com
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Acquire Victor Caratini

I can’t remember a trade deadline as eventful as the one that just past. Good luck to all the analysts trying to process (with the exception of Phillies watchers). Ruben Amaro, pit crew chief. “One more lap, boys. One more!” pic.twitter.com/yMZq7RiUgn — Chris Sprow (@SprowESPN) July 31, 2014   The Cubs only made one move today, acquiring Victor Caratini and Cash Considerations...
Via Obstructed View
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves acquire James Russell, Emilio Bonifacio from Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to trade infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, left-handed pitcher James Russell, and cash to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for catcher Victor Caratini, the teams announced.Bonifacio, 29, can play second base, third base, and all three outfield positions, which makes him an intriguing piece to their team. So far this season with the Cubs, he has been...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Braves acquire Bonifacio, Russell from Cubs at trade deadline

The Atlanta Braves snuck in a deal right before a busy trade deadline passed, acquiring two potential pieces for the 25-man roster in utility man Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple media reports. The Braves sent 20-year-old third base/catching prospect Victor Caratini back to the Cubs. The trade addresses the two...
Via Fox Sports South
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Trade Russell and Speedy Neifi to Braves

Yesteday, the Cubs acquired LHP Felix Doubront for a player to be named later from the Boston Red Sox. A trade that I like a whole lot presuming the PTBNL isn't much and considering Doubront's ability to strikeout many hitters. A move to the NL Central certainly won't hurt his numbers either. Today, the deadline has been rocking and the Cubs big moves were out of the way earlier...
Via Cub Reporter
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves upgrade bench, bullpen with Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell

The Atlanta Braves didn’t make a blockbuster deal leading up to the trade deadline, but did upgrade both their bench and bullpen by acquiring Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs. In exchange for Bonifacio and Russell, the Braves will send Minor League catcher Victor Caratini to the Cubs. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 31, 2014 Bonfiacio is hitting .279/.318/.373...
Via The Outside Corner
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves upgrade bench, bullpen with Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell

The Atlanta Braves didn’t make a blockbuster deal leading up to the trade deadline, but did upgrade both their bench and bullpen by acquiring Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs. In exchange for Bonifacio and Russell, the Braves will send Minor League catcher Victor Caratini to the Cubs. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 31, 2014 Bonfiacio is hitting .279/.318/.373...
Via Bloguin Best
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Hug Watch 2014

With the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline now two days away, fans of all teams need to watch for the hugs that precede the trade of a teammate. The Chicago Cubs already got a jump start on every other team when they traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on Independence Day, which netted them a good return of Addison Russell and then some. The Cubs also traded Darwin...
Via World Series Dreaming
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Chicago may trade James Russell, Wesley Wright, Emilio Bonifacio

The Chicago Cubs have struggled in nearly every aspect of the game this season and are sitting at 43-61, last in the National League Central. With the team looking towards the future, they already made their big deal, trading Jeff Samardzija to get one of the best prospects in baseball, shortstop Addison Russell. But what other potential moves are out there for the Cubs?#452855528...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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